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Carolina Hurricanes Alumni Game Good Family Fun

Carolina HurricanesEver since the Hurricanes came to the Triangle in 1999, our growing family has had a love for the team, yet this past weekend was the first time we had ever attended their annual alumni game. The Carolina Hurricanes Alumni Game 2016 was a great and fun afternoon with our family.

Carolina Hurricanes Alumni Game 2016

Granted, in the team’s short history in Raleigh, the Alumni game is a relatively new event in itself. But we definitely picked the right time to sample this.

Our 3-year-old boy is a through and through hockey nut, and loves the Hurricanes. We’d taken him to one game prior, and even this alumni game that interrupted his usual nap time had him enthralled.

Going into the event, we didn’t know a whole lot about the deal, but at the price of free and with both our boys liking hockey, it seemed like a no-brainer.

With 2016 being the 10th anniversary of the Carolina Hurricanes winning the Stanley Cup, the event was likely elevated a bit. For my wife and I who had watched lots of games in the first couple rows in that era, the names and faces were familiar and brought us back to when we were newlyweds.

A bunch of players were like old friends — guys like Rod Brind’Amour, Mike Commodore, Ray Whitney and Glen Wesley to name a few. While it was a decade ago, sadly only goalie Cam Ward and Eric Staal remain from that championship team.

What I hadn’t realized going into the event is the alumni game wasn’t just your typical players versus players. On the ice with them were fans and friends who donated to the the Hurricanes’ Kids ‘N Community Foundation, allowing them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub elbows, skate and play against former Hurricanes players. It was awesome to watch.

TV commentator for the Carolina Hurricanes’ broadcasts on Fox Carolinas, John Forslund gave play-by-play for the entire event from the officials booth sandwiched between the empty penalty boxes, offering an always on humor for the entire 3 periods of the alumni event.

While it was our first encounter with the alumni event, it won’t be the last. Our boys enjoyed it as much as the adults. The fact that it was part of the celebration of the Stanley Cup we celebrated 10 years back made it a great way to start a new family tradition.

Read more about it from the Hurricanes themselves: ‘Surreal’ Alumni Game Caps Cup Weekend

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